Physicians and Staff

The staff of Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates is spearheaded by Dr. Kenneth R. Branton. Together, the doctors and specialists of our pain management practice, offer patients living in and around the regions of Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Boston' North Shore and Cape Ann state-of-the-art pain management diagnosis and treatment services. Board-certified and fellowship trained, the pain management physicians of our New England-based pain practice combine their expertise in acute and chronic pain control with compassionate, highly individualized care. Through a comprehensive offering of the most advanced techniques in minimally invasive pain control, Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates strive to be the practices of choice for both patients and referring healthcare providers

Kenneth R. Branton, MD

Board-certified in Anesthesiology; Board-certified in Pain Medicine
Kenneth R. Branton, MD
Dr. Kenneth R. Branton is president of Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates as well as Medical Director of the Pain Management Centers at the Lahey Outpatient Center of Danvers in Danvers, Massachusetts, and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Branton earned his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and Pain Management fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Branton was one of the first physicians in the Chicago area to utilize percutaneous nucleoplasty radiofrequency technology to treat symptomatic patients with contained herniated discs, and was featured performing this technique on Chicago's NBC affiliate news broadcast. He was also the first physician in New England to perform radiofrequency of the sacroiliac joint with the Simplicity III radiofrequency probe.

During his time in Chicago, Dr. Branton held the position of Director of Pain Management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he taught residents at this Level 1 trauma center and presented multiple lectures on pain management for the Chicago Medical Society and the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists. He is the former president of Beverly Anesthesia Associates, Inc. Overall, Dr. Branton has more than 25 years of experience treating pain management patients.

Dr. Branton is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of International Pain Physicians, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.


Charles Ho, MD

Board-certified in Anesthesiology; Board-certified in Pain Medicine
Kenneth R. Branton, MD
Dr. Charles Ho has been practicing anesthesiology and pain medicine for almost 20 years. Board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Ho earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Ho completed a Residency in Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and a Residency in Anesthesiology from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He conducted his Fellowship in Pain Medicine in the Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Ho was an Associate in Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and was on staff in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA. Dr. Ho is currently on staff Northeast Health System (Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospitals) in Beverly, MA.

Dr. Ho has written medical chapters, articles, performed research and has given extensive educational lectures to both patients and clinicians on various pain management subjects.



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Alleviating Pain. Restoring Quality of Life.

If you live in or around Boston's North Shore and Cape Ann and suffer from a pain condition,
speak with your primary healthcare provider about Pain Modulation Associates.

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